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At what age will my light sussex chicken become a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NorDingo, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. NorDingo

    NorDingo Hatching

    Aug 26, 2016
    Hello :) My first post here at BYC.com :)

    What I was wondering is at what age the ''boy will become a man''?

    I just got a 15 weeks old light sussex rooster for my flock of light sussex and ISA hens. But for now he is just like my other chicks, and is showing no typical rooster behaviour. And since I really need a guard amongst my fiesty hens I was wondering if he might get more dominant fearly soon or if it is months away?

  2. carlf

    carlf Chirping

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    You have a ways to go before he is truly mature (months).
    How old are your hens?
    Whay do you need a guard??
  3. NorDingo

    NorDingo Hatching

    Aug 26, 2016
    The ISA's are young, just started laying eggs. The Sussex hens are about 2 years.

    I don't need a guard per se. But I need a rooster to prevent the hens from picking each other, and to keep a calm in the coop.

    English is not my mothers tongue, so my choise of words might be off.
  4. You really do not need a Rooster....If eggs are all you want a Rooster is the last thing you need. Roosters always breed hens to the point of bald backs and necks. I no longer keep a Rooster...I have dogs to keep the fox away...Your Rooster might become such a good guard he will keep you away too...My last one was a real mean bugger...Attacked me daily. The last time he did,was as I collected eggs. He came running into the coop and flew up at me. I started kicking and kicked him out the pop door, quickly closed it and he was gone in two days.
    Just a heads up...Your choice to own a Rooster though.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    You do not need a rooster to accomplish this. You just need enough space and a stable pecking order.
  6. Take the Rooster back to the place you got him from.....Your hens might be over crowded if they are pecking each other or it could be they could be lacking in nutrition...Feed layer pellets and oyster shell. Cut back on treats...The rooster will not keep the flock calm....
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I respectfully disagree. Roosters do not "always breed hens to the point of bald backs and necks". This has not been my experience, anyway. Maybe because of the number of hens to roosters I keep. I don't believe in magic numbers (i.e. "Ten hens per rooster"), but it does seem the more hens you have, the less chance of bald backs you will have to deal with. There have been experienced chicken keepers here on the site that have noted that the bald backs don't appear to bother the hens as much as it does their human keepers.
    Again, I respectfully disagree. A good, mature rooster will break up squabbles between hens, and I have seen at least two of my roosters get between and broody hen with chicks and the other hens in the flock when I integrate them. As a matter of fact, a couple of years ago when I had a broody hatch out, when I let them back in with the rest of the flock, the hen went right out of the coop to dust bathe. The rooster "babysat" the chicks in the coop while she dusted herself. He stood right in the pop door, keeping the chicks in and the other hens away from them.

    It appears that you have had some bad rooster experiences. Really - they're not all evil. As Mrs. K says, they're a crap shoot. Some are good, some are not. Right now I have two cockerels, and they have behaved themselves so far. They get out of my way, I don't have bald hens, and they are beginning to show some flock leadership. If they continue on their current path, they may both live through the winter.
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
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  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    One does not get great things out of a rooster until he is nearly a year old in my experience. A lot of roosters are so rotten they do not get to live that long. Some roosters will develop a bit earlier, but they usually develop an interest in sexual behavior long before they become flock leaders. If you are new to chickens, I suggest just hens, roosters in my opinion need experience. However, roosters are a crap shoot, and some do turn out very nice.

    But for flock management, they need to be MUCH older, nearly a year, I think, at least with the dual purpose breeds.

    Mrs K

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